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SAARC Agriculture Centre

The SAARC Regional Expert Consultation meeting on “ICTs for Development of Rural Agriculture in South Asia – Policy Concerns” was conducted at Rural Development Academy (RDA), Bogura, Bangladesh on 29-31 October 2018 subsequent to the approval of 11th SAC GB and 54th PC, SAARC Agriculture Centre. The expert consultation meeting was jointly organized by the SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC), Dhaka, Bangladesh and Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP), Rural Development Academy (RDA) with objectives;

  1. To learn current status of application of ICTs in rural agriculture
  2. To promote networking, linkages and exchanges between experts in ICT in agriculture
  3. To review prevailing policies for use of ICT in rural agriculture
  4. To propose policies and strategies for sustainable use of ICT in rural agriculture development

An inaugural function of the consultation meeting held on 29 October 2018 at RDA Mr. Md. Mr. Md. Shamsul Haque, Director General (SAARC & BIMSTEC) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh  graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.  Dr. Nargis Jahan Acting Director General, RDA presided over the inaugural session. Mr. Tomasi V Raiyawa, Acting Director General CIRDAP was also present in the inaugural session as Guest of honour. Dr. S. M. Bokhtiar, Director, SAC welcomed all dignitaries, guests and participants in the seminar.  Dr. Md. Younus Ali, Senior Technical Officer, SAARC Agriculture Centre (SAC) coordinated the program and led the SAARC delegation to Bangladesh.

The Faculties of RDA and professionals from SAARC Member States-Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka- participated in the consultation meeting. Also one professional from CIRDAP Countries- LAO PDR was also participated in the meeting. During the 3 days program, Six Member Countries were presented the country status report on the issue.  A part from the consultation meeting, the delegates got opportunity to visit different ICT in agriculture village model. After elaborate discussions, a good set of recommendations were made on different thematic areas for further intervention.